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A new survey of mortgage advisors has found that the majority of them think that lenders are making it more difficult for self-employed people to get a mortgage, despite growing numbers opting for self-employment.

United Trust Bank carried out this survey and nine of every 10 advisors that responded to it said that the eligibility criteria for people who are self-employed has been made much stricter by mortgage lenders. In total, 91% of the advisors who took part in the survey told the bank that it is now harder than ever for the self-employed to secure a loan.

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This survey was part of a new report published by the bank that has been titled ‘Growing opportunities for brokers in the specialist mortgage market.’ The premise is that lenders outside of the big-name ones might offer a way for those with complicated financial and employment situations to get onto the property ladder.

According to Mortgage Strategy, this report goes on to argue that such people:

“Are a group which will continue to grow and that having lenders sufficiently skilled-up and with an appetite to cater for these customers is vital.”

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This is supported by the available evidence, which shows that self-employed numbers in the UK had reached 4.2 million by March of this year. These figures are provided by the Office for National Statistics.

Many mortgage advisors who have CeMAP training are already aware of the need to look to specialist lenders to meet the mortgage needs of self-employed clients and others with complex circumstances.

Source: Beacon Financial Training

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